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Poetry Rules · 1Y ago

Michel Butor: Death of a Poet.

How sad to wake up to the news of Michel Butor's death, this morning. I read the news on my friend, Daniele Ferroni's Facebook feed. Daniele had a special relationship with the French noveli...
Poetry Rules · 1Y ago

Poetry Will Save the World

A few days ago, John and I met Marco Cinque, my poetical brother, for lunch. Marco is not only an incredibly talented poet, he is an amazing photographer and musician. Jack Hirschman conside...
Poetry Rules · 1Y ago

Of Poetry and Other Demons

I know I lost track of my poetry in the past few months. Sometimes life seems to get in the way and there is very little I can do to stop it from interfering with writing. Summer is always t...
Poetry Rules · 1Y ago

Jack & Aggie

I can hardly write about how wonderful it was to share two full days with Agneta and Jack Hirschman. They are a wonderful couple and I love their spirit. It was simply great to chat with the...
Poetry Rules · 1Y ago

Loaded Rhymes

My Italian poetry collection A rima armata (Loaded Rhymes) has just been published by Gilgamesh Edizioni and I will be presenting it here in Rome next June 10. I must honestly say that I am ...
Poetry Rules · 1Y ago

How Punk Rock Emily Dickinson & I Will Celebrate National Poetry Month

It's now officially National Poetry Month and Punk Rock Emily Dickinson (courtesy of Wendy MacNaughton) and I have a lot of ideas in mind to celebrate Poetry in the upcoming 30 days. So we h...
Poetry Rules · 1Y ago

Angela Davis in Rome

Last Monday morning I had the privilege of attending a lecture by Angela Davis on "The Meaning of White Supremacy Today" at Rome's Tre University. The lecture theater was amazingly crowded a...
Poetry Rules · 1Y ago

My Favorite Thing is to Go Where I've Already Been.

I've always loved photography. As a kid, my dad taught me to use his manual camera and he was very good at explaining all the technical aspects of how it works, but I was never fascinated by...
Poetry Rules · 1Y ago

Poetry is Not A Muscle.

Some claim poetry is a muscle that should be exercised on a daily basis. Some poets write every single day of their life. Even my poetry guru does. As much as I admire poets who can achieve ...
Poetry Rules · 1Y ago

Rejections come and go.

Sometimes I look at the amount of rejections I receive and wonder. Whenever I submit "weaker" poems, I expect rejections to start flowing in my inbox. But, if one of  my poems I consider amo...